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WETA
Feb 18, 2010 6:30pm EST
" lending now that financial market conditions are improving. >> tom: so what are ben bernanke and company thinking? where does the fed go from here? and what does it mean for the cost of credit? we get some insight from a fed watcher and a market pro. you're watching "nightly business report" for thursday, february 18. this is "nightly business report" with susie gharib and tom hudson. "nightly business report" is made possible by: this program was made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> susie: good evening, everyone. the federal reserve took the first step today to bring the banking system back to normal. right after the market close, the fed announced it's raising the interest rate it charges banks by a quarter of a percentage point. >> tom: susie, the so-called "discount rate" is used by banks for emergency loans, and was cut drastically during the financial crisis. the fed raised that rate today, saying in a statement it's time to "normalize" lending now that financial market conditions are improving. >> susie: tom, the fed's mov
FOX News
Feb 18, 2010 4:00pm EST
, virtually no effect right there. this has been telegraphed in the market, ben bernanke the head of the federal reserve signaled that rates would eventually have to go up, so why not begin with one of the more innocuous rarates? i'm not saying it's a big deal. in the economy we're having to see the federal reserve is taking the foot to brake here hiking a key interest rate. not the federal funds rate. overnight bank lending rate, that a lot of sus a lot of loans pegged to, but a rate some say in time, those rates will be effected. laffer joining me now, one -- art laffer joining me now. one of the premier economists for the last century, not because he paid me to say good things about his book "return to prosperity." a brilliant mind and another brilliant book, and art laffer, your brilliant take on rate hike? >> thank you very much. it's about time. the fed increased the monetary base enormally, 16, 17 months ago. we've been at a zero interest rate for a long, long time. >> neil: this is still low, three-quarters. >> it is. but time to look at inflation. year over year numbers, get
WETA
Feb 18, 2010 12:30am EST
bernanke and company were feeling more upbeat about the recovery at last month's fed interest rate meeting. in minutes from the late january meeting, policymakers agreed on the need to eventually raise rates, but they differed on when to start. meanwhile, the treasury says more americans are benefiting from the administration's foreclosure prevention plan. through january, almost a million homeowners had their mortgage payments cut, but those trial loan modifications have only been made permanent in 116,000 cases. walgreen's will soon be the corner drug store in new york city. it's buying duane reade for $618 million. the deal makes walgreen's the city, and the nation's, largest drug store. >> susie: the recovery in the hotel business has a long way to go, and 2010 will be another tough year. so says the man who runs intercontinental hotels, and the holiday inn and crown plaza chains. his cautious outlook comes a day after the intercontinental hotel group reported a 34% drop in quarterly profits. joining us now, andy cosslett, intercontinental's c.e.o. >> welcome to "nightly business repor
CSPAN
Feb 18, 2010 2:00am EST
-- deficits. people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke gave us the largest downturn since the great depression. that is why we have a huge budget deficit. we didn't have a huge tax cuts. we had stimulus and response to the downturn. we have higher unemployment if we have not had that but let's be clear if we are upset about the deficit greenspan and bernanke, i don't know why we reappointed bernanke. in terms of the entitlement programs, yeah we have a public pension program, which is hugely popular. you look at polling day that-- i was at a conference this morning in social security is over 90%. they ask people would you be willing to pay higher taxes to sustain sosa security benefits and 70 to 80% said yes. i don't see any problem with running a pension program through the public sector. what is the problem with the? it is usually popular. health care costs, medicare again. we are providing medicare health care benefits for seniors. that is also hugely popular. you have these tea party people out there yelling don't let the government touch medicare. they are anti-government but t
CSPAN
Feb 17, 2010 8:00pm EST
budget deficit, we have big budget-- deficits. people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke gave us the largest downturn since the great depression. that is why we have a huge budget deficit. we didn't have a huge tax cuts. we had stimulus and response to the downturn. we have higher unemployment if we have not had that but let's be clear if we are upset about the deficit greenspan and bernanke, i don't know why we reappointed bernanke. in terms of the entitlement programs, yeah we have a public pension program, which is hugely popular. you look at polling day that-- i was at a conference this morning in social security is over 90%. they ask people would you be willing to pay higher taxes to sustain sosa security benefits and 70 to 80% said yes. i don't see any problem with running a pension program through the public sector. what is the problem with the? it is usually popular. health care costs, medicare again. we are providing medicare health care benefits for seniors. that is also hugely popular. you have these tea party people out there yelling don't let the government touch medicar
FOX News
Feb 18, 2010 5:00pm EST
print money. >> the person most worried about being so sanguine about this is ben bernanke. there are a lot of talking heads saying deflation. i worry about the guy saying greenspan's policies had nothing to do with the situation we're in now. scary. >> glenn: so steven, how much, how much did inflation rise up today? >> the inflation rate? >> yes. charles probably knows the number. >> 1 hadn'1.4. >> that's troubling. we're starting to see increase creep in. we learned you can't stop it from growing. >> 1 hadn't 4. that's for producers. they can't pay more without passing on the price. >> correct. >> glenn: 1.4, they said it was annualized interest rate. 16% or something -- did you see that? >> no. but it's starting to creep up. >> glenn: do you have that, steven, do you know what i'm talking about? >> ultimate multiply it by 12. if we kept it up for 12 months. >> glenn: correct. you have inflation coming up. the way to have inflation go down is to suck the money back, correct? >> correct. >> glenn: which means higher interest rate meaning what to the debt payment? >> service on the deb
CNBC
Feb 18, 2010 1:00pm EST
feeding ostriches, ben bernanke's green chutes. while arc gres everyboggressive green chutes. welcome to our program. i'm erin burnett. here is the conundrum. stocks seem happy lately. a few days of rallies. we've got new, unproven companies pulling deals, not able to raise money to grow and hire. big companies who can raise money aren't seeming to spend it on grow and hiring. china is a little bit angry at america. you're looking at a picture now
CNBC
Feb 18, 2010 2:00pm EST
about the mortgage modification programs not ben bernanke, mortgage mod? >> yeah flshg some ways they have, erin. interest rates will always be a tool that the feds have. and the gses, clearly will always have a role. we've been debating for 20 years what that role will be. making homes affordable has been a big problem. that program has three parts, modification, the refinancing, and the foreclosure alternatives, which is short sales and deeds. and the report card for the modifications came out in december and it was a big fat failure. they really with 3 million to 4 million the original goal we ended up helping with permanent modifications less than 100,000 because you simply cannot make an unaffordable home be affordable. there's no magic scenario to modify a loan to make that happen. do housing prices need to go down further? as i say that, i should emphasize something, that everybody knows but it's worth saying again, which is that houses for most americans are their single biggest asset and always will be, mary? >> yeah, i think you're going to have a problem here, if housing pr
CNBC
Feb 18, 2010 4:00pm EST
bernanke is in and made clear last week in his testimony before congress, which is we'll start to sell assets and we'll start to do these other things, but after we hike. and then there's a middle camp that says we would love to get rid of some of the assets on our balance sheet but we're not going to do that until we're shoe the economy is in full swing, and we're not going to destroy things. they don't want to make a policy mistake. they still think the economy is fragile enough they don't want to push us back into a recession. >> thanks so much for stepping in and talking to us about this. we appreciate it soon. stay with us back in a moment with more. , seeing if we have enough points to stay longer. now? you don't have enough time... and you have to push all those buttons... no buttons, someone answers every time. yeah, right... bet you a massage... yeah, ok. hi, julie... i have a question about my points. hi, what button do i press for a massage? hello? new chase sapphire... you call. we answer. no waiting. just press right here... go to chase.com/sapphire. chase what matters. >>
CNBC
Feb 18, 2010 3:00pm EST
that we encountered right back in january, when we the concern about bernanke, when we first had the concerns about greece, still the market continues to rally, which is very interesting. and today there are about three or four of the dow jones comp componen components, those big market components that are actual flee negative territory. they've all drafted higher albeit on relative light volume. maybe it doesn't have much conviction but fact is now just sitting just 3% below where we closed a month and a day ago on january the 19th. "closing bell" continues with maria bartiromo. [ closing bell ringing ] >>> and it is 4:00 on wall street. do you know where your money is? hi, everybody. welcome back to the "closing bell." i'm maria bartiromo on the floor of the new york stock exchange. here's what we're following at close tonight. stocks gaining against today, another rally under way following stronger than expected manufacturing data in the mid-atlantic region. the rally helping to send oil meanwhile to its highest level in a month. finishing tonight at $79.06 a barrel. we're moments
CSPAN
Feb 18, 2010 6:00am EST
that of course is going to burst and that is what i get so mad at people like ben bernanke. most economists, god knows what on earth was going through their heads as they watch the bubble keep grow and grow and grow and said everything was okay. now they are surprised fukuda agnone? that is a joke we have around washington. anyone who is doing their job should have known. >> host: amity shlaes anything there you want to address? >> guest: i think it is important to think about the interplay between the war in domestic policy because it is true the government can think about two things at once. it cannot walk and chew gum at the same time and when you have a distraction, whether you believe it is something we should invest then, afghanistan, iraq, the government does not think well about what is going on at home so if you called on our various leaders that the fed or at the white house over time under, in this period under president bush,'s september 11 you would say are you concerned about fannie mae? they would say absolutely, here's the data and they are going out of control, f
CSPAN
Feb 17, 2010 11:00pm EST
going to burst, and this is why i get mad at people like alan greenspan and ben bernanke and most economists because god knows what on earth was going through their heads in the year 2003 to those of four cardinals five, 2006, to dozens of as the bubble could growing and growing and the savitt is okay and now they are surprised who could have known that is the joke we have or not washington they run around saying who could have known? anyone doing their job should have known. >> host: amity shlaes, anything you want to address? >> guest: i think it's important of the interplay and the war and domestic policy because when you have -- it's true the government can't think about two things at once. it can't walk and chew gum at the same time and when you have a distraction whether you believe it's something we should invest in, afghanistan, iraq or not the government doesn't think well what is going on at home so if he would have called on our various leaders at the fed or the white house over time under -- in this purpose it would be under president bush postsecondary 11th he would s
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